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New exhibitions honor the life of centenarian artist Emilio Vera Granados

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Emilio Vera Granados (right) inspects works to be exhibited next month at the Peón Contreras theater. Photo: Courtesy

Yucatán’s artistic community is prepared to celebrate the centenary of artist Emilio Vera Granados.

A new exhibition will take place in the main gallery of the Peón Contreras theater and will be open to the public Sept. 20-26.

Works featured will include some of the artist’s earliest works produced in the 1950s, several of which have not been seen in decades. 

Self-portrait of Emilio Vera Granados from the 1950s. Photo: Courtesy

“Vera Granados has always been much loved in Yucatán by the artistic community, especially by his students. He used to have the habit of taking them out to photograph archaeological sites and haciendas to get an idea of how to include these types of elements into artistic landscapes,” said artist Gladys Díaz.

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Another exhibition set to be inaugurated Aug. 20 will be hosted online by filey.org, Yucatán’s international book fair website, and will also include works by Sandra Nikolai, Alonso Gutiérrez, and Alfredo Lugo.

Though Vera Granados experimented with many artistic media throughout his career, he is most renowned for his work as an illustrator and lithographer. 

In 1989 when the state government held a contest to design a new code of arms for the state of Yucatán, a design based on an illustration by Vera Granados won the competition.

Yucatán’s code of arms since 1989, designed by Juan Fransico Peón Ancona and based on an ilustration by Emilio Vera Granados. Photo: Courtesy

In 2010, Emilio Vera Granados was the recipient of the Eligio Ancona medal, awarded by Yucatán’s state university, in recognition for his contribution to the arts.

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